Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Weekend 2014

This weekend was pretty amazing.  It started early for me on Friday with a day out shopping and having a leisurely lunch with two dear friends.  It was a wonderful girls day out and I loved it. 

Saturday was the the first home Virginia Tech football game!!  It was a fun day at Lane Stadium with Pops and my boys.  Hope and her Daddy stayed home and got some home projects done and I had a blast with my boys. 

When we got into the stadium I tried to take a picture of the boys, but Dave was not feeling very photogenic!  Ha!  There is no one in that place that loves it more than David.  He loves the Hokies and he cheered every cheer and watched every play.  He loved it.  I love that VT sports is the thing that I do with my boys and Pops.  Mike loved having a day at home with Hope watching football catching up around here and I loved cheering on the Hokies. 

Before the team comes out, one side of the crowd yells "lets go" and the other side yells "Hokies!" Here are Dave and Pops yelling with all their might.  David and Pops have a special bond for sure, and I love days in Blacksburg with this crew.

Jumping during Enter Sandman!  It got me a little teary thanking God that a healthy David was at a game and having  a blast.  I remember the day after he was diagnosed with cancer, we tried to waqtch a Thursday night game in our hospital room and we didn't even have the heart to cheer.  What a difference three years makes!  Praise God!
Sunday after church, we headed to the Williams Farm for their annual Labor Day party.  It was such fun!

They build a hay loft with slides for the kids to play in.  Here is Hope with some of her friends enjoying a snow cone.  They host a huge potluck meal with everyone contibuting side dishes and desserts and the family grills chicken, hamburgers, and hot dogs.  Yummy food set on a beautiful farm on the last weekend of the summer-pretty cool!

Thankfully David just sat on this four-wheeler for a quick photo op, he could not sweet talk anyone into giving him a key!  What a beautiful scene with the mountains in the background.  Southwest Virginia is certainly blessed with breath-taking beauty everywhere. 
After the big meal, everyone loaded up on these two wagons for a hayride out to the amazing and huge tree house.  A hayride in the dark was pretty cool for all the kids, but I did worry about losing David on the short hike up to the tree house!  I should have put a glow stick around his neck.  He was so excited that he was hard to keep up with.  Thank you Williams for welcoming us out to your farm-what a fun night that certainly left a ring around the bathtub.

Today on Labor Day we were catching up around the house and we decided to visit the pool one last time before it closed for the summer:(  With Steven Dimit's help, David FINALLY jumped off of the board!!  He was so excited and proud of himself.  Poor Steven burned a bazillion calories treading water waiting patiently for David to get the guts up to finally jump!  What a fun way to end the summer.
Summer of 2014 you have been a blessing.  I am sad that you are over, but I am kind of excited about Hokies football which will lead to Hokie basketball (woot woot), pumpkins everything, and gorgeous leaves changing colors. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Man

Yesterday we celebrated Mike's birthday!  He is now offically on the backside of his forties:)  I had preschool open house last night so we celebrated his birthday this morning over breakfast.  That's how we roll to get it all in around here. 

Mike despises attention and is one of the most humble men I know.  He also has the strongest work ethic ever and gives us and this school system all that he has.  He loves Jesus, Louisiana Tech, and coaching our kiddos teams.  His job is brutal and demanding and he handles the constant criticism, stress, and occassional Sunday morning angry parent phone calls with grace. 

He does not mind being silly in some minute-to-win-it games on New Years Eve or participating in the Daddy root beer chugging contest. 

Our marriage is not perfect by any means but he is my forever love and I am so thankful that God gave him to us. 
We celebrated by getting him a new portable camping grill for our next camping adventure. We are really enjoying this cabin camping setting and we are planning another trip soon!  Happy Birthday Mike-we love you even if you text me from the dugout to quit yelling during baseball games

Monday, August 25, 2014

Blog Slacker

I have been a wee bit of a blog slacker the last few days.  Since my own kiddos went back to school I thought I would have all this time to be leisurely before going back to preschool.  It has been the absolute opposite.  I have been a busy busy bee trying to prep preschool rooms, serving in  the food pantry at church, and prepping this house for a visit from my mother-in-law in a few weeks. 

The kids have adjusted well to school.  Hope is exhausted but is loving kindergarten.  It has been such a joy to have a girl in school because they tell you EVERYTHING.  When I ask the boys about school I may get a shrug of the shoulders or a generic "good."  Not so with our little girl, she tells it all and that has been fun.

Last week I served in the food pantry at church and once again it had a profound impact on me.  I know that there are lots of jokes and snarky comments floating around on social media about people sitting around and living off the government while "we" are the ones working to help them.  I know there are people that do manipulate the system, but I also have learned that there is a real need for basic food.

It is humbling to sit across the table from folks that come to our food pantry and fill in some basic eligibility paperwork to see if they qualify for USDA food.  To hear their stories and to see their faces humbles and touches me.  There was one lady that did try to lie to and manipulate me (the newbie paperwork gal) to get an additional box of food.  She knew to come to the new gal with a tender heart !  I love working in this ministry at church and I am so thankful for the lessons it has taught me.  This food pantry is Jesus' way of reminding me to love my neighbors-not to judge them and feel righteous about them, but to just love.

Yesterday our worship team rocked this song and it touched me so. 

All the Earth
Will shout your praise
Our hearts will cry
These bones will sing
Great Are You Lord!

Despite the heartaches and disappointments in this life, Great are you Lord!  Despite bad medical diagnosis, divorce, and drama, Great are you Lord!  Despite bankrupcy, broken hearts, and miscarriages, Great are you Lord! May those words forever be in my heart and on my lips as I carry on today and everyday. Amen.